Washington (November 17, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey, Chair of the Climate Change, Clean Air, and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement today as President Joe Biden sent the Kigali Treaty to the Senate for approval. The Kigali Treaty is a 2016 global pact under the Montreal Protocol to phase down hydrofluorocarbons over the coming decades. More than 120 countries have already ratified the Kigali Treaty.
“With laws now on the books, the Biden administration’s finalized rule to cut down hydrofluorocarbons, and the fact that these super-pollutants continue to superheat our planet, we have the framework and the urgency to act on this international opportunity,” said Senator Markey. “The United States has all the tools it needs to be fully in line with the Kigali Treaty, cut climate pollution, and slow global warming. Let’s ratify quickly to forge a climate-safe future for our people and our planet while leading with American ingenuity in the global clean energy market.”